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Mary Jo Wiseman

Mary Jo Wiseman, CMP (known to many as MJ), spent 24 years  as a corporate meeting and event coordinator where she managed the full spectrum of the event planning process, across all levels of management with an emphasis on high profile, executive-level groups including senior management, Board of Directors and key customers.  The author’s systematic approach to project management helped her to get and stay focused on the task at hand while handling multiple details, projects and deadlines throughout her career. 


She joined Meeting Planners International (MPI) in 1988, and served on the Education Committee and the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chapter in the 1990s.   She obtained her CMP designation in 1992.  She considers herself a lifelong learner and enjoys best, teaching and coaching others. 


Since leaving the corporate world she has stayed current in the industry, trip directing and volunteering.  She has spent one day a week for the past three years doing prospect research for WomenVenture, a nonprofit organization that provides micro-financing for women starting or expanding a business, something that has brought her full circle to a similar prospect research position she had at Metropolitan State University prior to starting on her meeting planning career. 


Mary Jo lives in White Bear Lake with her husband James Huonder and spends as much time together as they can aboard their sailboat Unity which they keep in Bayfield, WI.